Friday, October 9, 2009

Obama Speech on Consumer Protection Agency

Sure, President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize today, but he also spoke in support of the proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA). Interestingly, President Obama took up issues not only of mortgages, but of loans in general, even payday loans. He even mentioned one of my favorite gripes, bank overdraft fees. Moreover, he took aim at those opposed to the CFPA. From the transcript:
This agency will have the power to make certain that consumers get information that is clear and concise -- in plain language -- so they can compare products and know exactly what they're getting themselves into. It will ensure that banks and other firms can't hide behind these ridiculously confusing contracts -- pages and pages of fine print that nobody can figure out. It will have the ability to enforce and build on the credit card reforms we passed earlier this year, so that consumers aren't hit with unfair rate hikes and penalties, or hidden charges. It will require brokers to look out for the interests of families if they give advice about mortgages. And it will ensure transparency and fair dealing for other financial products, like bank overdraft services and payday loans.

Here's the video:


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